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Jack Lesberg

Jack Lesberg (February 14, 1920 – September 17, 2005) was a jazz double-bassist.

Lesberg performed with many famous jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Jack Teagarden, Sarah Vaughan and Benny Goodman, with whom he went on several international tours. He also performed in the New York City Symphony under Leonard Bernstein in the 1940s.

A native of Boston, Lesberg had the misfortune of playing in that city's Cocoanut Grove on the night in 1942 when 492 people lost their lives in a fire. His escape was memorialized by fellow bassist Charles Mingus in an unpublished section of Mingus's autobiography Beneath the Underdog; this passage was read by rapper Chuck D. on the Mingus tribute album Weird Nightmare.

Lesberg continued to tour in the 1980s and was interviewed for KCEA radio in 1984 following a performance in Menlo Park, California. During the taped interview Jack spoke of the many bands and performers he worked with and expressed his feelings that he felt blessed to be a musician.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 14th, 1920 (Boston), Died September 17th, 2005 (Englewood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1962

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass, guitar

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 83 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 72933 10-in. 6/14/1945 Lady be good-1 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72934 10-in. 6/14/1945 Swanee-2 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73480 3/27/1946 Farewell blues Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73481 3/27/1946 Improvisation for march of time Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73482 3/27/1946 She's funny that way-1 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73483 3/27/1946 Stars fell on Alabama Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73646 7/17/1946 Some sunny day Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73647 7/17/1946 Just you, just me-1 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73648 7/17/1946 Atlanta blues -1 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73649 7/17/1946 The way you look tonight Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 74023 8/5/1947 My melancholy baby Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 74024 8/5/1947 Tulip time in Holland Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 74025 8/5/1947 Nobody knows Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 74026 8/5/1947 We called it music Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75227 9/6/1949 That lucky old sun Louis Armstrong ; Gordon Jenkins and his Chorus and Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75228 9/6/1949 Blueberry hill-1 Louis Armstrong ; Gordon Jenkins and his Chorus and Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75421 10/19/1949 You're my thrill Billie Holiday instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75422 10/19/1949 Crazy he calls me Billie Holiday instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75423 10/19/1949 Please tell me now Billie Holiday instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75424 10/19/1949 Somebody's on my mind Billie Holiday instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75866 2/16/1950 If I knew you were comin', I'd 've baked a cake Georgia Gibbs instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75867 2/16/1950 Stay with the happy people Georgia Gibbs instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75988 3/20/1950 Maple leaf rag-1 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75989 3/20/1950 Dill pickles-1 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 75990 3/20/1950 Sweet cider time, when you were mine Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 83 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lesberg, Jack," accessed June 15, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205783.

Lesberg, Jack. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 15, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205783.

"Lesberg, Jack." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 15 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205783

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